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Thanksgiving Wishes!

by Melissa Thompson

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Giving Thanks by Giving Back

by Melissa Thompson

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to show how grateful we are by helping others in need.  Not everyone will spend the holidays in a warm home surrounded by loved ones, but those of us that will can make the season a little bit brighter by donating time, food and gifts to those less fortunate.  To make it a little easier for you to do so, here is a list of places where you can volunteer or make donations in the Memphis area:

Team Max Thanksgiving Meals - Join Team Max and serve those in need in the Memphis community.  Volunteers are needed to prepare gift baskets, pack out 1400 meals, and help to deliver meals.  Click on the links to volunteer!

Memphis Union Mission - The Union Mission has all the volunteers it needs for Thanksgiving Day, but there are many other ways you can help! Honor loved ones by donating to Union Mission and they will receive a beautiful Christmas card letting them know of your gift. You can also volunteer to serve meals throughout the season, or make donations to the donation drive.

St. Mary's Soup Kitchen - St. Mary’s Catholic Church Soup Kitchen serves the communities poor, homeless and less fortunate.  They serve more than 300 servings a day! Want to help? Click here to donate, or sign up for their Dollar a Day program and for $1 a day provide a warm meal to someone in need.  If you are interested in volunteering, you can sign up here.

Mid-South Food Bank - The Mid-South Food Bank makes it super easy to help.  You can purchase the 2017 Holiday Card to send to friends and family while also helping to end hunger.  You can also participate in the Cookie Letter program. The Cookie Letter is a unique way to purchase food for the hungry while also honoring friends, family, or clients.  Click here to discover other easy ways to donate!

Happy Thanksgiving!

by Melissa Thompson


“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”
Henry Van Dyke

Did you know?:

-    The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 and included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians and lasted three days. Many historians believe that only five women were present at that first Thanksgiving, as many women settlers didn't survive that difficult first year in the U.S.

-    Thanksgiving didn't become a national holiday until over 200 years later! Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who actually wrote the classic song “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” convinced President Lincoln in 1863 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, after writing letters for 17 years campaigning for this to happen.

-    No turkey on the menu at the first Thanksgiving: Historians say that no turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving! What was on the menu? Deer or venison, ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel and fish. They probably ate pumpkins, but no pumpkin pies. They also didn't eat mashed potatoes or cranberry relish, but they probably ate cranberries. And no, Turduckens (a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken) were nowhere to be found during that first Thanksgiving.

-    Thanksgiving was almost a fast — not a feast! The early settlers gave thanks by praying and abstaining from food, which is what they planned on doing to celebrate their first harvest, that is, until the Wampanoag Indians joined them and (lucky for us!) turned their fast into a three-day feast!

As you gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, take time to remember all that you have to be grateful for.  

Wishing you and yours a day filled with joy. 


Courtesy of your Memphis TN Real Estate Expert Melissa Thompson

Happy Thanksgiving!

by Melissa Thompson

What is the meaning of Thanksgiving? This American holiday has become a part of our collective traditions. Holidays are not only a time for festive feasts and merry-making; they also serve as representatives of a nation’s identity. So when we ask, What is the meaning of Thanksgiving, we are also considering who we are. Therefore, this question really concerns what Thanksgiving says about the traits and qualities of Americans. Who are we? And how does Thanksgiving embody our collective identity?

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9 Ways to Avoid Gobbling Up Energy on Thanksgiving

by Melissa Hayes Thompson


A few days before Thanksgiving

1. Install a dimmer switch for the dining room chandelier. Every time you dim a bulb’s brightness by 10%, you’ll double the bulb’s lifespan. Most CFLs don’t work with dimmers, but you can create mood lighting with incandescents and LEDs. The dimmer switch will cost you about $10.

2. Plan side dishes that can cook simultaneously with the turkey. If you cook dishes at the same temperature at the same time, you’ll reduce the amount of time the oven has to be running — it’s easier for the cook and saves energy, too.

When you start cooking

3. Lower your house thermostat a few degrees. The oven will keep the house warm. You also can turn on your ceiling fan so it sucks air up, distributing heat throughout the room.

4. Use ceramic or glass pans — you can turn down the oven’s temp by up to 25 degrees and get the same results. That’s because these materials retain heat so well, they’ll continue cooking food even after being removed from the oven.

5. Use your oven’s convection feature. When heated air is circulated around the food, it reduces the required temperature and cooking time. You’ll cut your energy use by about 20%.

6. Cook in the microwave whenever possible. Ditto slow cookers. Microwaves get the job done quickly, and although slow cookers take much longer, they still use less energy than the oven. Resist the urge to peek inside your slow cooker: Each time you remove the lid, it releases heat and can add about 25 minutes of cooking time to your dish.

7. Use lids on pots to retain heat. The food you’re cooking on the stovetop will heat up faster when you use lids.

When it’s cleanup time

8. Scrape plates instead of rinsing with hot water. Unless food is really caked on there, your dishwasher should get the dishes clean without a pre-rinse. Compost your non-meat food waste. Check out these other Thanksgiving clean-up tips

9. Use your dishwasher. It saves energy and water, so only hand-wash things that aren’t dishwasher-safe. Wait until you’ve got a full load before starting the dishwasher. Be sure to stop the appliance before the heated dry cycle; just open the door and let your dishes air-dry.

Happy Thanksgiving!

By: Courtney Craig and HouseLogic


Not Cooking on Thanksgiving? Restaurants Open to Serve You!!

by Melissa Hayes Blume

We have compiled a list of restaurants that will be open Thanksgiving Day. While we've made every effort to ensure accuracy please contact the individual restaurant to confirm their hours and options.

1. Capriccio Grill

The Capriccio Grill, located in the Peabody Hotel downtown will be offering a special dinner on Thanksgiving Day from 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. The dinner will include traditional fare such as turkey (or ham), dressing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. The cost for the meal is $40 per adult and $15 per child (ages 5-12)--tax and gratuity are extra. Reservations can be made by calling 901-529-4199.

2. Chez Philippe

Enjoy an elegant Thanksgiving dinner at Chez Philippe in the Peabody Hotel from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Menu will include roasted turkey breast, leek and herb stuffed turkey roulade, sweet potato soup, salad with port poached cranberries, and more. Cost is $70 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call (901) 529-4188 for reservations.

3. Cracker Barrel

If you are looking for a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner -- minus the home-cooking -- then Cracker Barrel may be your best bet. This national chain serves up surprisingly authentic southern fare and pulls out all the stops for Thanksgiving. Because the food is so good, though, expect a wait to be seated.

4. Frank Grisanti

Frank Grisanti's is best known for it's Italian fare but it serves up a mean Thanksgiving dinner, too. From 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. enjoy a special menu featuring turkey, ham, butternut squash soup, sweet potato casserole, pumpkin cheesecake, and more. Call (901) 761-9462 for reservations.

5. Grill 83

Grill 83, the elegant and chic restaurant adjacent to the Madison Hotel, will be serving up a variety of entrees from turkey breast and honey glazed ham to sauteed salmon and braised lamb on November 24th from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 901-333-1224.

6. Huey's

Huey's may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving dinner, but three of their locations will be open on Thanksgiving evening. You won't be able to get any turkey and dressing there, but as always, you can order some of the city's best burgers. Midtown Huey's at 1927 Madison will be open 6pm-2am (kitchen closes at 1:00 a.m.), Cordova Huey's at 1777 Germantown Parkway will be open 5pm- 2:00am, and Poplar Huey's at 4872 Poplar will open 6pm-12:00 midnight.

7. The Peabody Hotel

The Peabody Hotel will be offering a special Thanksgiving Day brunch from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The brunch will include hundreds of items, including traditional Thanksgiving fare. Cost is $55 per adult and $20 per child (ages 5-12)--this does not include tax or gratuity. Call 901-529-3668 for reservations.

8. Perkins

Perkins Restaurants are probably best known for their delicious pies, cakes, cookies, and muffins. But each November, Perkins adds Thanksgiving fare to their menu, including the familiar turkey dinner. Just be sure to save room for dessert -- you don't want to miss Perkins' pumpkin pie! There are four Perkins stores in the Memphis area to choose from.

9. Piccadilly

Piccadilly serves up a traditional Thanksgiving meal with favorites such as ham, turkey, sweet potatoes, and cornbread dressing. Or you can even take home a whole family dinner to-go for around $65.00. There are five Memphis area locations making it a convenient Thanksgiving destination.

10. Shoney's

Shoney's is always a popular destination for a hearty meal. On Thanksgiving, visit one of Shoney's three Memphis area locations for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner complete with turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie. And of course, your meal comes with Shoney's famous soup and salad bar.

11. Cupboard Restaurant, 1400 Union (276-8015) , will be open from 10:30am until the food is gone.  Turkey and dressing or flame glazed spiral sliced ham, three vegetables, dessert and a drink for $14.99 plus tax.

12. Currents at the River Inn, 50 Harbor Town Square, serves a three-course meal on Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for $49, adults, $12 children. Call 260-3300 for reservations.

13. Doubletree Hotel, 5069 Sanderlin, is offering a traditional Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $28.95 for adults, $12.95 for ages 7 to 12, children ages 6 and younger eat free.  Reservations: 322-6666.

14. The Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis will serve a Thanksgiving Day brunch in the Grand Ballroom, with seatings at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. ($31.95 for adults, $28.95

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(901) 729-9526
(901) 756-8900
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